The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 266
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
As Texas was well on the way in her revolution against Mexico,
he returned to Texas in 1835, and in March, 1836, was appointed
by President Burnet as Secretary of State. He did not serve in
this position more than sixty days. During that period the fate of
the Republic was hanging in the balance. The Alamo had been
taken and its garrison all killed. Fannin and his command surren-
dered and were put to death, and the entire population of the Re-
public not under arms was panic-stricken and fleeing to the
Sabine. The cabinet left old Washington, the Capitol, and there
were ample grounds for believing that the Indians in East Texas,
incited by the Mexicans, would rise and massacre the white popula-
tion left in and near Nacogdoches.
In this emergency President Burnet dispatched Carson to Louis-
iana to see General Gaines at Fort Jessup, with a view to having
the United States move troops to the Sabine to compel the Indians
to respect a treaty that had been made, and thus to protect the
settlers in that neighborhood. Carson arrived at Natchitoches one
week before the battle of San Jacinto, saw General Gaines and suc-
ceeded in his mission, and on the 14th of April so notified Presi-
His health continued to fail, and as soon as he heard the news
of the battle of San Jacinto he resigned his position as Secretary
of State, and spent the summer in Tennessee and North Carolina
in quest of health. While in these two States he lost no oppor-
tunity to urge the annexation of Texas to the United States,
and it was through his efforts that the first public meeting held
in the United States to advocate annexation was assembled in
Burke County, North Carolina, at his old home.
He returned to Texas late in 1836, and continued to travel in
search of health. He died at Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1840, at the
age of forty-two.
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